Hanukkah is not over yet--which means there's still time to watch more hilarious videos about what Hanukkah is all about. It's easy to forget the history of the holiday, especially when…you're worried about getting gifts and actually doing fun activities with your kids for those eight crazy nights. This is why you can't miss this hilariously epic rap battle between Yehudah and Antiochus. The video was originally made for Congregation Anshe Chesed for Hanukkah this year--Rabbi Joshua Hess stars as Yehudah Maccabee, while Dave Ben-Yshay is Antiochus. This is definitely a video… >> Read More
Music is one of the few things in life that truly brings people of diverse backgrounds together--both in sad and happy times. Now that it's Hanukkah, and 2016 is quickly closing (and not on a great…note), it's the perfect time for songs about beginnings and endings. This means, it's basically the perfect time for Bob Dylan songs. This is why I love the fact that Jerusalem-based band Tamar and Netanel covered Dylan's bittersweet "Girl Of The North Country." The duo, who are married, reinvented the song as an dreamy folk song--and it's… >> Read More
With my daughter’s 6th birthday party, Hanukkah, and Christmas all falling in a brief seven-day window, the holidays felt extra-stressful this year for my little interfaith family.
Of course,…some of the stress is self-imposed. Like most moms, I tend to put way more pressure than necessary on myself in an effort to make the holidays memorable, when in reality, my kids are thrilled to be home in their jammies with their mommy and daddy for a few days with nothing to do but… >> Read More
Who knew playing dreidel could be so competitive and full of tension? Well, apparently, it can be, according to the Dreidel Masters. The comedic duo cleverly poke fun at the game in a new TBS Digital…video, pretending it's something akin to poker. They boast about winning upwards of $8 million, and having an air-tight case for their dreidels. Some of my favorite things they said were so funny, I can't not share: "Grab your gelt and get the f*ck outta there." "Grab your yarmulke and run." "Dropping gimmels out the… >> Read More
Salad fix-ins? Check.
Menorah, candles, and dreidels? Check, check, check.
My husband, kids, and I were headed to family dinner at our dear friends’ house. Though she and…her husband aren’t Jewish, my friend is a history teacher who loves learning about and sharing multicultural traditions. Since she’d never lit a menorah before, she asked me to bring ours—and I was more than happy to oblige. For good measure, I also brought some dreidels and—because our kids ate all our gelt the first… >> Read More